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RealTalk Blog

Voices from the front lines of GLIDE’s efforts serving those in need and advocating for change.

Jan 16, 2022

GLIDE’s Eyes Remain On The Prize

Dear Friends,

In April of 2018, I walked the haunted and hallowed streets of Montgomery, Alabama. I was on the ground in the cradle of the Confederacy along with 85 people from GLIDE for the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. We were there with educators and activists, staff and board, old and young, to look head-on at the birth story and evolution of ...

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Jun-15-2018

A Father’s Gift

Iona Lewis is a Case Manager with GLIDE’s Men in Progress program. Thanks to her father, Iona has been a part of the GLIDE community her entire life. Now, she and her husband Raphael are both employees here and their son, Carlo, attends GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) during the day. Iona and...


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Jun-08-2018

June 2018 Election Wrap-up

On June 5, San Franciscans voted to make our city a more equitable, safe and just place. Together we made real progress on affordable childcare, limiting the tobacco industry’s influence on children, providing legal representation to tenants, providing just compensation to our public school teachers and lowering the potential for death and injury through taser...


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Jun-01-2018

Pulling Together

Karen Hanrahan on Warren Buffett, a unique GLIDE tradition, and the power of community Tonight, we count down to one of the most unusual and powerful fundraisers any nonprofit might aspire to: the eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett. The story of how it came to be is often told and...


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May-31-2018

From Serving Meals to Improving Data

We are happy to feature this reflection by Precious Listana, Public Policy Fellow at Twitter, on some of the ways that Twitter gives back to the community by volunteering at GLIDE. Many thanks to Bano, Kania, and the entire Twitter crew for always making GLIDE a part of #TwitterForGood. ...


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May-30-2018

Understanding why Measure H is truly dangerous.

To truly protect and serve, we must see the human being in front of us as someone deserving of respect and compassion no matter their state or circumstance....


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May-12-2018

A Family Affair

Laura Thompson, founding member of the GLIDE Legacy Committee, remembers her mother by living GLIDE’s values GLIDE Church has a long-standing tradition of featuring voices from the community in a segment of Sunday Celebration called “I Am GLIDE.” Personal testimonies on the strength and power of unconditional love from our program participants, congregants, donors and...


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May-11-2018

Reflections on Justice and Reconciliation

Thoughts from GLIDE staff who attended our pilgrimage to Montgomery On April 25, a group of 85 people from GLIDE, The Kitchen, the Rafiki Coalition and Stanford Graduate School of Education traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The trip was the culmination...


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May-04-2018

What GLIDE Means to Me

Unconditional Love. Radical Inclusivity. And Doing Your Part. GLIDE Church has a long-standing tradition of featuring voices from the community in a segment of Sunday Celebration called “I Am GLIDE.” Personal testimonies on the strength and power of unconditional love from our program participants, congregants, donors and volunteers. We feature these inspiring stories here when we...


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Mar-08-2018

Breaking Barriers and Building Bonds

GLIDE’s Karen Hanrahan reflects on the power and promise of women and girls In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’d like to ask you what drives your own connection to GLIDE’s efforts on behalf of women and girls in the Tenderloin and beyond? Well, firstly, I was raised by a single mother, a strong woman...


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